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The last word on the Hill case?
on 28 February 2010
The famous 1961 incident involving Betty & Barney Hill is probably the single best-known case of alien abduction in world history. It's still important because of the sheer quantity of supporting physical and circumstantial evidence, the large number of investigators both official and unofficial who looked into every aspect with great thoroughness over the years and the unimpeachable character and reputation of the Hills.
I intentionally read John Fuller's much earlier book `The Interrupted Journey' before reading `Captured' even after meeting the authors in person and getting a signed copy of the book. For the reader not overly familiar with the subject, 'Captured' is the better of the two so if you are interested in learning about this case and have limited time, this is the one you should choose.
In 300 superbly written and information-packed pages, Kathy and Stan reveal a lot more hitherto unpublished detail. They fill in the gaps about Betty and Barney's lives previous and subsequent to the incident. The precise time-line of the journey from Montreal back to Portsmouth on 19 September 1961 is meticulously reconstructed and some previous unknowns and misconceptions are put right. They go into a lot more depth about people associated with investigating the original case - particularly US Air Force personnel - many not even mentioned in Fuller's 1966 book. Astronomer Marjorie Fish's hypothesis of the famous `Star Map' (not in Fuller's book at all) which gave birth to the idea that the ETs may originate from the Zeta Reticuli binary star system gets its own chapter, as does the scientific analysis of the strange material on Betty's dress following the abduction. The book charts Betty's life right up to her death in 1995, her life-long interest in the phenomenon awakened by the paradigm-shifting 1961 experience and her search for answers about its reality.
As you would expect from any book with which Stan Friedman is associated the text is thoroughly annotated, the approach rigorously scientific, photographs of supporting documents abound and the usual meticulous attention to detail is always evident. A chapter (though a short one) is devoted to dealing with the ignorance of debunkers. Kathy is however the principle author: her writing is excellent and literate throughout, and she paints a comprehensive warts-and-all portrait of her reluctant-celebrity aunt which even readers familiar with the case who have already read Fuller's book will find illuminating.